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Luke Perring’s 7-pointer

October 24, 2009

Illinois hunting and fishing

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Scorable Points: 7

Kill Date: Oct. 24, 2009

County: DeWitt

Season: Bow

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here in the words of 17-year-old Farmer City bowhunter Luke Perring is the story of his hunt for a 7-point DeWitt County buck.

This is my second year bowhunting and I made it my goal to kill my first deer with my bow this year, not a big buck, just a deer, that’s all I wanted. Having missed a lot of opportunities on good bucks last year I wanted to redeem myself. The year started well and I saw a lot of does and managed to harvest one finally, then it was time to look for a good buck.

We had so much rain the week before and by the time I arrived at my spot I realized that the creek had flooded and none of my stands were on dry land, so one of my friends that hunts the same piece let me sit in a ladder stand overlooking a large set a side field with about 6-foot tall grass. After seeing several does I could hear another deer coming out of the field but couldn’t see what it was. Finally I saw ivory white antlers, I looked with my binoculars to see a 9-point buck rubbing his antlers on the grass and eating, he was a shooter. He finally came of but he was a good 60 yards away and would not respond to my calling and left the area.

It was almost dark and I began to hear another deer coming from the field, I looked over my shoulder to see a very large-bodied buck coming towards me, and he was definitely a shooter! Once he put his head down into the grass I stood up with my bow. He finally came into range but was quartering towards me, I thought about taking the shot in the chest but decided against it since he would offer me a better shot.

He began to walk broadside and I stopped him with a “MEH!”. His head rose and he looked up at me and I settled my pin behind his shoulder and squeezed off the trigger, the arrow disappeared into his vitals and he humped over and took off down the clearcut. I could tell he was hit good, I waited in the stand to settle down because I was in shock.

We arrived the next morning to find him around 9 a.m. To our surprise the creek had risen much more over night and we had to wade through waist-deep water to find him. We practically swam down the clearcut to see a horn emerging from the water, it was him not more than 70 yards from my stand. We dragged him out of the overspilled creek (he was not a lightweight!). Finally I got to admire what I had brought down, I was very satisfied with my first archery buck!

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Great deer Luke…a very interesting read as well!

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